In November 2003
the Police Department was approached by the
Ben Gordon Mental Health Center regarding a
grant they received from the Department of
Juvenile Justice. The grant was to be used
in an effort to curb alcohol related
incidents involving underage violators.
Cpl. Biarnesen was selected to administer
the project. He was sent to several
training lectures as well as a 40-hour
Illinois State Certification class to enable
the department to conduct compliance
The department elected to
implement four types of compliance checks:
- Standard Bar Check.
Uniformed officers enter an
establishment and conduct identification
checks in an effort to locate underage
- Standard Business Check.
Underage agents are used and selected by
Cpl. Biarnesen. The agents must not
have a criminal record due to the fact
they may have to testify in court. The
agents dress as though they were going
out with friends. The department does
not want the agents to look older than
they are. The agents must have a state
identification or driver's license that
is red indicating they are under the age
of 21. They are advised what to say
while conducting a check. The agents
are told not to lie when asked for an ID
or age. They are to give the server
their ID. The agents are not allowed to
attempt to convince the server to sell
them alcohol after being asked for an
ID. The agents are then taken by
officers to a local store to be age
checked. This is to help determine what
the average person believes the ages of
the agents are. The opinion of 12
people are taken as they enter and exit
the store. The agents are then taken by
officers to the pre-determined locations
to conduct the business checks.
- Shoulder Taps. Underage
agents set up outside an establishment
and attempt to have patrons buy alcohol
- Street Sweeps. Officers
patrol streets with a high volume of
foot traffic looking for open container
violations, as well as
possession/consumption of alcohol by
will be held the 3rd
Wednesday of each month
14th, October 12th, November
9th, December 14th)
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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2011 alcohol enforcement continued to be a
priority for the department.
One of the continued goals of our
department and the city is to train the
establishments in our city on the state and
city liquor laws and ordinances.
Included in this enforcement is the
This past year nine TIPS classes were
held with 89 servers, managers, and
bartenders completing the course.
Participants were instructed on the
proper and effective ways to deal with
difficult patrons and responsible serving.
The course included ideas to prevent
problems and liability for the
establishments and the individual server.
The course included proper carding of
patrons and acceptable forms of
This course will be a continuing
effort in years to come to assure compliance
with the city.